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Six New Phenom II And Athlon II CPUs From AMD
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We recently tested the entire Athlon II lineup against the Intel competition in Game-Off: Seven Sub-$150 Processors Compared, and the new Athlon II models sport only a minor 100 MHz increase over the CPUs we tested in that article. Because of this, we’re concentrating on the new Phenom II models in today’s benchmarks.

The Phenom II X2 560 is priced identically to the Pentium G6950, and the Phenom II X4 970 retails for about the same as the Core i5-750, so we’re including all of these models in our tests. The new Phenom II X6 1075T is priced between the Intel Core i5-760 and Core i7-920. Since the Core i5-750 performs very closely to the Core i5-760, we don’t think it’s necessary to include that SKU, and we are adding the Core i7-920 to our tests.

Unfortunately, the Core i7-920 we have on hand is an engineering sample with a lower memory multiplier than the retail version. This will hurt the Core i7-920 in some memory-dependent tests. But for the most part, performance should remain comparable to the commercially available processor.

  Test Systems
 AMD System
Intel LGA 1156 System
Intel LGA 1366 System
MotherboardAsus M4A785TD-V EVO
Socket AM3, AMD 785G, BIOS 0410
Asus P7P55D-E LX
LGA 1156, Intel P55, BIOS 1003
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
LGA 1366, Intel X58, BIOS version FA
ProcessorPhenom II X6 1075T
  3.0 GHz (3.5 GHz Max Turbo)
Hexa-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache

Phenom II X4 970
3.5 GHz, Quad-Core
6 MB L3 Cache

Phenom II X2 560
3.3 GHz, Dual-Core
6 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i5-750
  2.66 GHz (3.2 GHz Max Turbo)
Quad-Core, 8 MB L3 Cache

Intel Pentium G6950
2.66 GHz, Quad-Core
3 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i7-920
2.67 GHz (2.93 GHz Max Turbo)
Quad-Core
(8 Threads with Hyper-Threading)
8 MB L3 Cache
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX3
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120
MemoryCrucial DDR3-1333
Dual-Channel 2 x 2048 MB, 669 MHz,
CAS 9-9-9-24-1T
Mushkin PC3-10700H
  Triple-Channel 3 x 2048 MB, 540 MHz,
CL 8-8-8-20-1T
GraphicsMSI GeForce GTX 470
1280 MB GDDR5-3348, 607/1215 MHz GPU/Shaders, 837 MHz Mem.
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 640 GB
7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Ultra-High Quality, No AA, 1280x1024
DiRT 2
In-game benchmark
Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA, 1280x1024
StarCraft 2
Custom Tom's Hardware Benchmark
Medium Quality Preset, No AA, 1280x1024
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes
Version: 9.0.2.25 x64
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
HandBrake 0.9.4Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file
from "The Last Samurai" (1 GB) to .mp4
High Profile
TMPGEnc 4.0 ExpressVersion: 4.7.3.292
Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.9.1Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s)
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Productivity
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407
Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
7-ZipVersion 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra,
Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8
Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.01, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.0.1.0 x64, System, Memories, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2010Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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  • 18 Hide
    eklipz330 , September 21, 2010 4:27 AM
    aznshinobiDo I hear comeback from AMD? Hopefully the Bulldozer shows results with the AM3+/AM3r2 in benchs.

    this is hardly a comeback, they simply filled in segments on the price range with not-so-new products. a little bump in speed, probably better binned, and a few more bucks. seems like the logical thing to do at this point, until bulldozer anyhow
  • 10 Hide
    cleeve , September 21, 2010 5:26 AM
    MoreCores...1075T can not, and it's more expensive than i7 920.


    At $145, he 1075T is $40 cheaper than any Core i7 I can find online.
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  • 1 Hide
    aznshinobi , September 21, 2010 4:20 AM
    Do I hear comeback from AMD? Hopefully the Bulldozer shows results with the AM3+/AM3r2 in benchs.
  • 7 Hide
    gkay09 , September 21, 2010 4:23 AM
    Good article and the 1075T is a good addition to the 6-Core line...
    And most of all, thanks for confirming that all the current socket will be replaced next year including AMD.
  • 1 Hide
    scifi9000 , September 21, 2010 4:25 AM
    I'd love to see these new chips pitted against the T1000 processor.
  • 18 Hide
    eklipz330 , September 21, 2010 4:27 AM
    aznshinobiDo I hear comeback from AMD? Hopefully the Bulldozer shows results with the AM3+/AM3r2 in benchs.

    this is hardly a comeback, they simply filled in segments on the price range with not-so-new products. a little bump in speed, probably better binned, and a few more bucks. seems like the logical thing to do at this point, until bulldozer anyhow
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    duk3 , September 21, 2010 4:28 AM
    I'd rather it was a 970T at 3.6 ghz with turbo up to 4.1ghz.
    Then again, who wouldn't?
  • 4 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , September 21, 2010 5:06 AM
    I'm still waiting for Bulldozer, I hope that Bulldozer makes AMD king again. If so I'll buy another AMD system. I've been waiting since the early Dualcore Windsor cores.
  • 4 Hide
    spentshells , September 21, 2010 5:12 AM
    nothing new here good on AMD if they keep the prices the same
    the 645 and 450 are really crazy good deals
  • 10 Hide
    cleeve , September 21, 2010 5:26 AM
    MoreCores...1075T can not, and it's more expensive than i7 920.


    At $145, he 1075T is $40 cheaper than any Core i7 I can find online.
  • 3 Hide
    TheStealthyOne , September 21, 2010 5:30 AM
    Yay! :) 
  • -1 Hide
    idoln95 , September 21, 2010 5:34 AM
    are these temps with stock cooler? they seem to be a big off...


    oh sorry, missed the minus ambient part...

    wow, thats kinda hot.... (30C ambient in here :(  )
  • 0 Hide
    RazberyBandit , September 21, 2010 5:34 AM
    CleeveAt $145, he 1075T is $40 cheaper than any Core i7 I can find online.

    I think you meant $245, Don.

    I find it great to see the Phenom II 970 still capable of Cool'n'Quiet idle mode while overclocked. C'n'Q doesn't work on my 720BE at any speed over 3.2GHz. Is that something common to the C3-Stepping models?
  • 9 Hide
    AMW1011 , September 21, 2010 5:38 AM
    Holy shit, 3.5 Ghz stock. I know it really doesn't mean much, but I still like the sound of that.
  • 9 Hide
    scrumworks , September 21, 2010 6:07 AM
    Sandra is very bad synthetic benchmark. It clearly favors Intel architecture and the differences are not that dramatic in real world applications. With enough bribes you seemingly can get nice optimizations.
  • 3 Hide
    dirtmountain , September 21, 2010 7:04 AM
    A very well written article. It covered all the bases and was very informative. Damn good work, it's why people check in at Tom's Hardware.
  • 2 Hide
    jgv115 , September 21, 2010 7:30 AM
    I'm happy that my Core i5 750 stands up to 2 updates (speed bumps) of the Phenom II 955 (the 965 and 970). It even beats the 1075T!

    I think the 750 is still the better CPU in it's price range.
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    liquidsnake718 , September 21, 2010 7:41 AM
    Yeah there should hve been at least a core i3 fo good measure against the AMD 2's...
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    ThePeacemaker10 , September 21, 2010 8:33 AM
    How are the StarCraft 2 benchmarks possible? I NEVER drop below 55 fps and I'm using an Athlon II X3 445 with an HD 5750 and 4 GB of RAM. I don't get it.
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    ThePeacemaker10 , September 21, 2010 8:42 AM
    ThePeacemaker10How are the StarCraft 2 benchmarks possible? I NEVER drop below 55 fps and I'm using an Athlon II X3 445 with an HD 5750 and 4 GB of RAM. I don't get it.


    I should also mention I'm running on High with 1680x1050 resolution.
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